1935 Duesenberg Model SSJ Speedster / 2594 Chassis Information

1935 Duesenberg Model SSJ photograph

1935 Duesenberg Model SSJ photograph

1935 Duesenberg Model SSJ photograph

1935 Duesenberg Model SSJ photograph

1935 Duesenberg Model SSJ photograph

1935 Duesenberg Model SSJ photograph

1935 Duesenberg Model SSJ photograph

1935 Duesenberg Model SSJ photograph

1935 Duesenberg Model SSJ photograph

1935 Duesenberg Model SSJ photograph

1935 Duesenberg Model SSJ photograph

1935 Duesenberg Model SSJ photograph

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Speedster
Designer: Herb Newport
Chassis #: 2594
Engine # J-563
Sold for $22,000,000 at 2018 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach.
The 'Duesie', 'doozie' or 'doozy' was coined in the 1930s as a convenient metaphor for anything so grand or formidable as to defy the usual Webster offerings. Its derivation was the Duesenberg Model J.

The J idea belonged to automotive empire builder Errett Lobban cord and its execution to engineer Fred Duesenberg. Although successful as a race car producer, Duesenberg's Indianapolis Company was headed for financial disaster when Cord acquired it in 1926. Cord told Fred to design a car the likes of which America had never seen, cost no object.

Introduced in December of 1928, the J Duesenberg was unabashed overkill - massive, weighty, and of heroic proportion everywhere. The race-inspired straight-eight engine boasted twice the horsepower of its nearest American competitor. In 1932, when the 265 HP J was supercharged into the SJ, horsepower jumped to 320, the factory advertising 129 mph in top gear. The eight-cylinder 448 cubic-inch engine with the ram's head manifold produces approximately 400 horsepower at 5,000 RPM.

Only two examples of the 'super-short' 125-inch SSJ chassis were produced.

Used as a promotional venture by Duesenberg, this SJ with chassis number 2594 and engine J-563, was sold at cost to actor Gary Cooper, and it quickly became a treasured toy, which he kept until after the war. The car was later owned and modified by auto enthusiast, Briggs Cunningham. The car remains in Cunningham form. Just two Short Wheelbase SJ Speedsters were built, the other was intended for Clark Gable, and they are often called SSJs, for short supercharged J, although that was not a formal factory term.

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1935 sales)
1935 Duesenberg SSJ
Chassis#: 2594
Sold for $22,000,000
  2018 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ1929 Two-Door Convertible
Coachbuilder: Bohman & Schwartz
Chassis Num: 2268
Engine Num: J-240
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ1930 Convertible Victoria
Coachbuilder: Rollston & Company
Chassis Num: 2293
Engine Num: J272
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ1931 Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis Num: 2367
Engine Num: J-345
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ1931 Convertible Phaeton
Coachbuilder: Derham
Chassis Num: 2506
Engine Num: SJ-488
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ1933 Beverly Sedan
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Engine Num: SJ-512
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ1933 Convertible Sedan
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ1933 Convertible Victoria
Coachbuilder: Rollston & Company
Engine Num: J-272
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ1933 Convertible Sedan Speedster
Coachbuilder: Schwartz
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ1933 Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis Num: 2496
Engine Num: SJ478
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ1933 Arlington Torpedo Sedan
Coachbuilder: Rollston & Company
Chassis Num: 2539
Engine Num: J-513
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ1933 LWB Phaeton
Coachbuilder: LaGrande
Chassis Num: 2540
Engine Num: J510
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ1933 Riviera Phaeton
Coachbuilder: Brunn
Chassis Num: 2577
Engine Num: SJ528
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ1934 Torpedo Convertible
Coachbuilder: Rollston & Company
Engine Num: SJ-517
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ1934 LaGrande Phaeton
Chassis Num: 2131
Engine Num: J-107
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ1934 Convertible Berline
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis Num: 2515
Engine Num: J-494
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ1934 Continental Touring Berline
Coachbuilder: Rollston & Company
Chassis Num: 2543
Engine Num: J-514
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ Special Mormon Meteor1935 Racer
Engine Num: J557
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ1935 Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Walker
Chassis Num: 2405
Engine Num: J-530
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ1935 Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis Num: 2406
Engine Num: J527
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ1935 Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachbuilder: Union City
Chassis Num: 2558
Engine Num: J-537
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ1935 Convertible Victoria
Coachbuilder: Darrin
Chassis Num: 2571
Engine Num: J-543
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ1935 Town Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Bohman & Schwartz
Chassis Num: 2582
Engine Num: SJ553
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJN1935 Convertible Victoria
Coachbuilder: Rollston & Company
Chassis Num: 2589
Engine Num: SJN-564
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ1935 Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachbuilder: Union City
Chassis Num: 2592
Engine Num: J-562
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SSJ1935 Speedster
Chassis Num: 2594
Engine Num: J-563
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ1935 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Bohman & Schwartz
Chassis Num: 2596
Engine Num: SJ 572
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ1935 Torpedo Phaeton
Coachbuilder: Walker
Chassis Num: 2608
Engine Num: J582
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ1935 Speedster
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis Num: 2614
Engine Num: J-585
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJN1936 Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Rollston & Company


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